Speakeasy Season 2 premieres

Frankie Valli, David Crosby, Cyndi Lauper Join Speakeasy Season 2

Speakeasy, the public television series from the producers of Front and Centeris back with an all new season featuring Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famers, Grammy Award and Tony Award winners and iconic musicians exchanging intimate and untold details of their music careers with an interviewer of their choice. Speakeasy is captured on location at the historic Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, in front of a live audience and celebrates the “art of conversation.” Tales of historically creative music collaborations, incarceration, politics and activism, as well as moments that helped shape their lives, highlight the second season of Speakeasy, which premiered on public television stations nationwide beginning Oct. 16. This season features conversations with Frankie Valli and Paul Shaffer, David Crosby and Wynton Marsalis, Cyndi Lauper and Billy Porter, Graham Nash and Rita Coolidge, Ian Hunter and Joe Elliot and Robbie Robertson and Warren Zanes. Viewers are encouraged to check and confirm local listings for air times and dates.

“Our goal with Speakeasy is to create a comfortable, intimate environment for our guests,” said Speakeasy executive producer and Front and Center Entertainment founder, Don Maggi. “This leads to stories, experiences and compelling viewpoints that, as fans, we’ve never heard before. The result is great television."

In this season of Speakeasy, no topic is off limits. Valli discusses the success of Jersey Boys on Broadway and his distaste of the film adaptation. Crosby expresses gratitude for his time in jail and how activists such as Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired him. Lauper spends her hour on the show sharing memories from creating the music for Kinky Boots on Broadway, for which she exclaims, “I had no idea what I was doing.” In their first in-depth conversation in 45 years, Nash and Coolidge share the story of how they met and their first impressions of each other. Singer/songwriter Hunter explains to Def Leppard frontman Elliot that he does not remember writing the songs that are featured on his forthcoming box set. Guitar aficionado Robertson reminisces about his time on tour with Bob Dylan and the impact of Woodstock on the creation of music.

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